Pat McGeehan is a strong proponent for constitutional government. Since returning to West Virginia from active duty military service, he has traveled across the state in order to spread the message of America’s Founding Fathers. Pat demonstrated his principles after being elected in 2008 to represent the heavily Democratic House District 1, as a constitutional conservative Republican. During his time in the House of Delegates, Pat introduced legislation to reduce government such as the Firearms Freedom Act, the Repeal of the Food Tax, the Repeal of the Personal Income Tax, as well as his efforts to urge West Virginia government to reassert state rights as defined in the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment. His principles are bedrock, as demonstrated in his holding the record for the most ‘No’ votes cast in a single term, often times casting the lone “No” vote. As a principled citizen that eschews career politicians, Pat never engaged in “vote-swapping” for political favors or perks. His record exemplifies his dedication to the principles of free enterprise, private property, and individual liberty.
As the son of a career Air Force Officer and B-52 pilot, Pat spent his early years traveling from base to base. After his father was tragically killed in a B-52 bomber accident, Pat returned home to the Mountain State where both sides of his family were raised.
Pat gained an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in History and General Engineering Core. In his senior year at the Academy, Pat was awarded the General Malham Wakim Character Award, which is given to one cadet from each class for demonstrating a strong commitment to the Cadet Honor Code.
After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Pat served as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, including service in the Middle East and Afghanistan. When not deployed, Pat was responsible for personally keeping the Strategic Air Forces Commander abreast of national security affairs.
In 2012, Pat McGeehan wrote and published a book titled, Printing Our Way to Poverty–The Consequences of American Inflation, which detailed the detrimental effects of inflationary monetary policy.
Pat was recently named by the State Journal as one of the most influential leaders in West Virginia. An avid guest writer for several newspapers and publications throughout the Mountain State, Pat has composed dozens of editorials on economic policy, both national and state. Pat has been a small business owner and currently works as an account executive for a telecommunications company.
Pat is a Sunday School teacher, and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He serves on the board of a large charity in Wheeling, as well as numerous civic clubs including Rotary and Kiwanis. He is also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Pat is the proud father of his 8 year old daughter, Kennedy.